Join us for Free Youth & Family Programming at the Festival

The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) is proud to partner with Amigos Alados to bring FREE youth and family programming with live bird ambassadors, games and more. Stay tuned for RSVP and more details coming soon.

When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: 65 Third Street | Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(on the green lawn next to the EAC office and Cowgirl Creamery)
*Location may be adjusted due to weather

Calling all families with fledglings ages 3 -18! Bring your brood out to Point Reyes Station on Saturday, April 27 to learn more about bird life at the 10th anniversary of the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival.

Our Youth & Family Programming will kick off with a special live bird presentation from The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County. Docents will bring two Live Bird Ambassadors — (a resident owl and hawk, whose permanent disabilities have made them non-releasable). This is a rare and memorable opportunity to see these wild birds up-close, and learn about our native bird species, their fascinating adaptations and the essential roles they play in our local ecosystems. The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County is a rehabilitation center for wild native birds. Their mission is to assist in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned or ill birds in the northern San Francisco Bay Area, and to educate the public regarding their ecological importance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Afterwards join us for activities including:

  • A bird and wildlife touch table

  • Wildlife games

  • Coloring station

  • Marin Country Free Library (check out books and bird backpacks)

  • Face Painting

  • Barn owl pellet dissection station, courtesy of Pellets, Inc. & Carolina

    • Each child will receive a pellet to dissect. The Barn Owl is the only bird of prey that swallows its prey whole and then regurgitates the entire skeletal remain. It digests the flesh and then casts the fur and bones of the animal it ate. Each pellet will contain at least one entire skeletal remain of likely a vole or mole but likely more than one.


Check out Bird Books & Backpacks at the Point Reyes Library or at our event!

Interested in birds, but don't have the tools? Individuals and families are encouraged to visit the Point Reyes Library during open hours to check out a bird backpack, which includes:

  • A full size pair of binoculars

  • A bird diagram

  • Bird guide book

  • Marin County local bird chart

Some backpacks may be available in Bolinas or Stinson Beach. Call each location for details. View locations and contact info


2018 Story Time with Marin County Free Library & EAC Was a Great Success!

On Monday, April 16th, 2018 EAC partnered up with Marin County Free Library to visit Papermill Preschool for story time focused on birds. We read two books, which helped engage the youth in understanding birds, where they live, how they eat, and more. EAC brought a touch table of stuffed birds, nests, books, feathers, feet and beak visuals, plus coloring pages on bird parts, types of bird, and more. We dissected Barn owl pellets and found two skulls of small rodents, plus other random bones to the surprise and delight of the youngsters.


 



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